Central Myanmar

Central Myanmar is where most of the cultural sights are located along the Irrawaddy river valley.

Most famous sites might have heard are Mandalay, the last royal capital of the Burmese. This is where we usually start all trips and store our motorcycles.

shan highland myanmar motorcycle tour

Mandalay is busy and dusty city of 2 million people. We could say it is the motorcycle capital of Myanmar. Most of the people are still driving around on scooters here.

A short drive out of Mandalay you will find several old kingdoms ruins, Ava, Sagaing and Amarapura which can be visited in one full day. Heading south from Mandalay along the river you will arrive to Bagan, the most impressive cultural heritage site of Myanmar. Over 3000 temples ruins are left as heritage of this mighty kingdom. Foreigners are not permitted to drive motorcycles here (don’t ask why? it is just local regional government decision).

You can hire battery powered e-bike to cruise around and to explore small trails connecting temple groups to each other.  Although being one of the most popular tourist destinations in Myanmar you can still easily find temples where there are no other people. The villages around Bagan are also worth checking out.

Bago Myanmar

From Bagan most people would drive to east to Kalaw and Inle Lake stopping at Popa mountain on the way. There are some nice trails for dirt bikes up the Popa mountain.

You can also drive to new capital city of Myanmar, Naypyitaw, from Bagan and on to Pinlaung. There is nothing much to see or do in Naypyitaw on same day you make it all the way to Pinlaung. The ride from Naypyitaw to Pinlaung is very scenic and one of our favourites. Pinlaung is a small junction town at the root of amazing limestone mountain range.

From Pinlaung you can either go south to Loikaw, capital of Kayah state or take beautiful mountain road over to Inle Lake. This is a great ride and much recommended.

When visiting Loikaw it is essential to know that there are just 3 villages where visits are permitted officially and you must go with local guide and apply in advance. This is because there has been insurgency in Kayah state for decades. Cease fire was reached only recently and not all parties have signed. Also some of the areas according to locals have land mines so need to be careful when moving around off the roads if not accompanied by locals.

Chin State